Good managers act like servants to their team but far too many like the power and let it go to their heads.
Treehouse removed all their managers back in September – the whole series of posts is worth a read. I am avidly watching the no manager movement. Current thoughts are:
- This type of horizontality only works for certain type of business. Software in particular can support this model because healthy organizations have tools which effectively do the work of managers around communications and knowledge management.
- This type of model does not scale. My opinion is that somewhere around 200+ folks some type of manager/leader/conductor steps up to act in a management capacity. Happy to be proven wrong here.
- In these #NoManager organizations, there are still managers. They don’t have the title, but the instinctively do the work because they’re good at it.